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Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Lore, from Australian director Cate Shortland, proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's a harrowing walk through the heart of darkness."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Cate Shortland infuses a fresh perspective and a haunting moral quandary to the WWII genre, bringing a little seen part of human history to chilling life."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"The deep-feeling Rosendahl makes a major impression as an intelligent girl learning the power of her sexuality and resolve under maximum stress."
‑ Frank Hatherley, Screen International
"The dream of every director tasked with bringing such a difficult story to life is to have a star who can carry the drama, and in her feature debut, Rosendahl is a revelation."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The young principals here, Malina and especially Rosendahl, are superb at conveying that premature hardening, their elastic minds pummelled by inelastic forces."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"With a child's perspective on war, "Lore" deserves comparisons with "Empire of the Sun" and "Hope and Glory," and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Rosendahl puts the onslaught of horror and absurdity in poignant perspective with her limpid depiction of her character's growing resourcefulness and awareness."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Shortland may not leave us with certainty, but in the context of so bloody a conflict fueled by intransigence and misguided idealism, the hope and the beauty of Lore is only strengthened by its embrace of youthful uncertainty."
‑ Daniel Walber, Film School Rejects
"The bleak backdrop is rendered with great beauty-so much so that perhaps the sensory poetics of the visuals linger beyond their darker implications."
‑ Emma Myers, Film Comment Magazine
"The sins of the Fatherland send a German teenage girl and her Nazi-connected family on the run in Australian director Cate Shortland's vividly rendered and sensual drama Lore."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Saskia Rosendahl gives an impressively poised performance as the beautiful teenager, whose determination to protect her remaining family coincides with her growing revulsion toward her parents."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Lore is a akin to a bourgeois German version of Elem Klimov's 1985 Belarus-set Come and See, and it has some outstanding features. The star turn is the lurking cinematography of Adam Arkapaw."
‑ Roger Clarke, Sight and Sound
"The Australian director Cate Shortland has made a quite stunning film about the collapse of Nazi Germany, seen not from a Berlin bunker but through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's this mature take on the subject matter that makes Lore the finest Australian film of the year."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
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